Your Staff Could Fail Without These 4 Important Goal-Setting Steps
Using goals to bolster the motivation of your employees is a highly effective way of achieving maximum productivity within your workforce. Not only will it help to build team cohesion and cooperation, it can even help to drive profits on both a short-term and long-term scale. Moreover, the best goals are setup in a way that supports the success of the company as well as its individual staff members.
Ensure Goals Reinforce Organizational Strategies
When establishing a goal for your current workforce always make sure it aligns directly with the points and caveats from your organization’s mission statement, operating procedures and development strategies. This is best achieved by including all levels of management in the decision-making and goal-setting process.
Monitor Employee Progress
Once a goal has been established, you’ll need to monitor the progress of your individual employees on a regular basis. This can be done by a variety of means, including electronic or traditional recordkeeping. How you choose to track such progress is up to you, but make sure that your employees are aware of their progress at regular intervals. Broadcasting their progress, at least on an individual basis, is a great way to keep morale high and productivity at its peak.
Set Goals of Varying Scope
Setting goals that are small, inconsequential or otherwise brief in nature, while a great way to introduce a workforce to the goal-setting process, can cause more harm than good. Having your staff members focus their energy on trivial objectives is bound to take their attention away from other, more important activities, and some may get bored when they realize that these goals aren’t all that important in the end. Instead, use these smaller goals and milestones to help ease your staff into the entire process. Save the more challenging goals for later on down the line.
The same holds true when attaching deadlines or schedules to specific goals. Always ensure that your employees have sufficient time to complete the activities required to reach their goal. If this requires additional work that is extraneous to their normal, day-to-day activities, make sure they have enough time to take care of both. Some goals can be set without a timeline whatsoever, though such goals are typically difficult to measure and to reward.
Reward and Recognize Those Who Achieve Goals
Finally, always take the time to reward and recognize your staff members who do achieve their goals. This could come in the form of one-on-one praise or even group-oriented recognition, and it can be done on an individual basis or during company meetings.
To ensure the long-term productivity of your employees, however, you’ll need to be prepared to reward your top-performing employees. Rewards can come in a variety of forms, including monetary compensation, permanent promotions, increased vacation time and more. It is up to you to choose a reward platform and, more importantly, to maintain consistency when giving out such benefits.
If you find it difficult to establish and track goals for your workforce, contact us at LTI Services today. Not only can we help with the entire goal-setting process, but we can fill all of your modern staffing needs.